Metis history, culture in spotlight

The Big Valley Evangelical Free Church Youth Group calls area youth from Grade 6 and up to join them for a “Beach Day” on Saturday.

The Big Valley Evangelical Free Church Youth Group calls area youth from Grade 6 and up to join them for a “Beach Day” on Saturday.

Come out for a day of sunshine and tubing, and then stay for supper and a campfire. Parental permission slips will need to be signed.

For more information, contact Chantelle at 403-740-9425.

Children ages five to 13 are invited to a five-day camp at the Big Valley Evangelical Free Church from Monday, Aug. 13, to Friday, Aug. 17. There will be interesting crafts and prizes and a whole lot of fun. Come join in the songs, stories and games each day from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

The Metis Hivernant Days will settle in Big Valley for the August long weekend, which is this weekend. This interesting annual family event provides a wonderful opportunity to encounter local Metis history and culture.

Activities include voyageur games, jigging lessons, children’s games and crafts, drum-making and so much more.

Enjoy the great fiddle music all day long. Opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, followed by a parade. Join in the capote making, weaving and beading lessons, or maybe take part in the bannock-making contest. The day’s activities conclude with a supper and dance at the Community Hall.

Sunday’s activities begin with a church service at the hall. New to Hivernant Days this year will be a talent contest, scheduled to take place between noon and 4 p.m. Come on out to check out the trappers’ camp and display and enjoy the many interesting exhibits of traditional Aboriginal crafts.

For more information, contact Marlene Lanz at 403-815-6720 or 1-800-267-5844.

August birthday wishes go out to Cory Stormoen — 1, Kelly Armstrong — 3, Mark Anderson — 5, Nora Saar — 5, Phyllis Garrison — 5, Shirley Vols — 6, Karen Kargaard — 6, Kathy Evans — 8, Michelle Roux — 8, Donna Clark — 9, Dorothy Annable — 9, Bill Smillie — 13, Marie Gridley — 14, Stephanie Siegrist — 14, Taylor Baird — 15, Luke Skocdopole — 15, Connie Watts — 15, Val Erickson — 16, Clarence Dowhaniuk — 16, Vi Milton — 18, Cerwin Annable — 20, Ainsleigh Lucki — 23, Dorothy Dressler — 25, Deagan Lucki — 27, Wayne Fraser — 28, Zachary Duncan — 28, Cheryl Van Haga — 29, Ken Scott — 30, Mel Dods — 31.

Happy anniversary to Harvey and Judy Christenson — 3, Bill and Verna Kirtley — 12, Jim and Myra Greig — 15, Brent and Cindy Mailer — 17, Danny and Jenny Houle — 19, Ryan and Brandy Erickson — 19, Allan and Valerie MacDonald — 20, Mel and Lois Miller — 23, Terry and Janet Annable — 24, and Russel and Charlotte Watts — 26.

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